2:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Two GOP Senate candidates in blue states are running new TV advertisementss knocking their Democratic opponents over immigration. In Michigan, Republican Terri Lynn Land's campaign has released an ad knocking Democratic congressman Gary Peters for "flip-flopping" on border enforcement and being "two-faced on immigration."
The 30-second spot shows Peters speaking in April 2013 to an immigrant rights group, saying "certainly, enforcement is very important." Next, Peters is shown in July 2013 speaking to a chamber of commerce group in which he says, "immigration reform is not about more enforcement."
"Peters plays both sides," says a voiceover. "But in Congress, Peters obstructed efforts to support the border and supported amnesty for illegal immigrants who take American jobs." Watch the ad below:
Land and Peters are both vying for the seat held by outgoing Democrat Carl Levin, and the race is a toss-up. Peters has led in several recent polls, but his average lead is just four percentage points.
Meanwile in New Hampshire, Republican Scott Brown has another ad connecting his Democratic opponent, incumbent senator Jeanne Shaheen, with Barack Obama on immigration.
"Want to know why there's lawlessness on our border? Ask Senator Shaheen," says Brown, looking into the camera, before a shot of Shaheen standing with Obama is shown. "She voted against border security twice and for amnesty." Watch the 15-second spot below:
At this point, Brown has a tougher task defeating Shaheen than Land does beating Peters in Michigan. Shaheen, a former governor and well-known politician throughout New Hampshire, has led Brown in nearly every poll of the race and has an average advantage of about 10 points. The race currently leans Democratic.
Land and Brown aren't the only GOP Senate candidates to hit their Democratic rivals hard on immigration. Tom Cotton of Arkansas recently put out an ad calling out Democratic senator Mark Pryor for his vote for the Gang of 8 immigration bill.
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Tuesday GOP primaries.
Buying a Detroit Senate candidate.May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34 • By HENRY PAYNE
Countering the free-market political activism of the Koch brothers, green billionaire Thomas Steyer has pledged to spend $100 million in 2014 to elect an anti-carbon posse to Congress. Steyer’s litmus test is opposition to the import of Canadian crude oil through the Keystone pipeline—an issue on which the former San Francisco hedge-fund manager won a victory this spring when the Obama administration further delayed the pipeline’s construction after six years of study.
10:23 AM, May 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Democratic super PAC affiliated with Senate majority leader Harry Reid has an ad accusing a female Senate candidate of being "backwards" on women's issues. The 30-second spot from Senate Majority PAC targets Terri Lynn Land, the likely GOP Senate candidate from MIchigan.
"Backwards: That's the direction Terri Lynn Land would take Michigan women," says the ad's voiceover. Watch it below:
May 5, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 32 • By TERRY EASTLAND
"As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, ‘our Constitution is colorblind and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.’ . . . The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way.”
8:47 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has a new 30-second ad out taking on the Democratic line that Republicans like her are waging a "war on women." Land is facing Democratic congressman Gary Peters in November, and Peters has criticized Land's opposition to the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act.
"Congressman Gary Peters and his buddies want you to believe I'm waging a war on women," Land says in the ad. "Really? Think about that for a moment." Land gives the viewer some time. Watch the video below:
8:40 AM, Apr 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The city that President Obama was credited with “saving” – before it turned out that he hadn’t – is getting a little help from Washington as it struggles through the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
As reported by Reuters:
Michigan officials and President Barack Obama'sAdministration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit's retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday.
1:31 PM, Apr 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from a Republican primary challenger to Michigan congressman Justin Amash notes he has voted for bills supported by Barack Obama more than any other Republican in Congress. Brian Ellis, a businessman from Grand Rapids, released the 30-second ad on Tuesday.
"Amash was the only Michigan Republican to vote against a balanced budget amendment, and Amash voted against banning gender selection abortions," says the voiceover. "The fact is, Justin Amash voted with President Obama 51 percent of the time." Watch the full video below:
Two generations of Dingells is more than enough.Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In Washington, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose—it’s how long you play the game. Witness the reaction last week to the announcement that Michigan congressman John Dingell would make this, his 29th term in the House of Representatives, his last. The 87-year-old Detroit-area Democrat has been a member of Congress since the 1950s, serving alongside 11 presidents, 10 House speakers, and nearly 2,500 different representatives.
But not an ordinary congressman. Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By MARIA SANTOS
Representative Kerry Bentivolio once said, “I have a problem figuring out which one I really am, Santa Claus or Kerry Bentivolio. All my life I have been told I’m Kerry Bentivolio, and now I am a Santa Claus, so now I prefer to be Santa Claus.” Bentivolio, a 62-year-old freshman Republican from Detroit, plays Santa in parades and shows for his business, Old Fashioned Santa and Company, back in Michigan.
8:02 AM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Americans for Prospertiy, a conservative tax-exempt organization, has a new 60-second television ad running in Michigan that criticizes Democratic congressman Gary Peters for his vote and continued support of Obamacare. The ad features Michigan citizen Julie Boonstra, who describes how she was diagnosed with leukemia but lost her health insurance coverage this year because of Obamacare's regulations.
12:01 PM, Feb 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely voters in Michigan shows GOP candidates for U.S. Senate and the governorship ahead of their Democratic counterparts. According to the Detroit Free Press, the latest EPIC-MRA poll shows incumbent Republican governor Rick Snyder leading his challenger, Democrat Mark Schauer, 47 percent to 39 percent.
9:04 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll conducted on behalf of the Conservative Intelligence Briefing shows Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land leading Democrat Gary Peters in the race for the U.S. Senate among likely voters. Here's more:
How many enemies does Rep. Justin Amash really have? Dec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By MARIA SANTOS
"Tables turn on the Michigan tea party”; “Business to tea party: Get out of our way”; “Donors Plot Against GOP Rebel”: Judging by the headlines, next year’s Republican primary in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District is shaping up as a referendum on the conservative incumbent’s dogged adherence to his limited-government principles—and a sign of gathering mainstream mobilization against the Tea Party.
10:06 AM, Sep 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Michigan school district has cut the hours of 15 employees due to Obamacare, according to a local report: